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Caribbean - Telecoms Market - Statistics and Analyses


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Caribbean - Telecoms Market - Statistics and Analyses

The telecoms markets in most Caribbean countries have been progressively liberalised, with operators in these markets able to offer a full range of telecom services. The telecom sector remains one of the Caribbean region's major growth sectors, particularly in the mobile telephony and data segments.

There are a large number of operators licensed to provide services within individual markets, though most of them are small and localised. There are two regional operators which compete in all market sectors: Digicel and Cable and Wireless Communications. The sector has undergone some considerable changes in recent years. Cable & Wireless acquired Columbus Communications in early 2015 and was itself acquired by Liberty Global in November 2015. The LIME brand was discontinued in May 2016 in favour of the Flow brand, which had been used by Columbus International for its fixed-line services. As a result, Liberty Global and Digicel now compete more effectively in the provision of bundled services, a segment to which both operators have focussed investment in recent years. Digicel has expanded its interest in the pay TV sector, launching Digicel Play in four markets thus far, though the scale of Liberty Global's operations provide the operator with a stronger card regarding content for its pay TV and VoD offerings.

Investment in telecoms was for several years affected by the global financial crisis, which led to reduced revenue for operators, scaled-back government programs and a weakened tourist sector. Although there has been considerable recovery in economies of the region overall, the telecom market continues to see price pressure for the main operators. Some markets, particularly those dependent on agriculture and oil exports, remain suppressed and with little prospect for growth into 2017. This has stimulated operators to acquire smaller players within the region, so expanding their scale in a bid to maintain revenue stability. These moves have predominantly undertaken been by Liberty Global (CWC), Digicel and KeyTech.0
This report analyses general trends in the Caribbean telecom market, including recent regulatory measures, telecom infrastructure updates and developments in key sectors including mobile, broadband and fixed-telephony.

Key developments:

CWC completes acquisition of Columbus International; Liberty Global acquires CWC; Digicel acquires pan-Caribbean submarine cable systems from Loret Group; operators expand FttP in several markets; LTE launches in additional markets as operators focus investment on mobile networks; regulatory developments; operator data and statistics updates; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Digicel, Cable & Wireless Communications, Globalstar, KeyTech, Liberty Global, LIME, Flow.


1. Synopsis
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Overview
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
3.2 Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
3.4 Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO)
4. Major telecom operators in the Caribbean
4.1 Flow (Cable & Wireless/Liberty Global)
4.2 Digicel
5. Company timeline
6. Review of Digicel's markets
7. Digicel's financial performance
8. Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Submarine cable systems
9. Broadband market
9.1 Overview
9.1.1 Broadband statistics
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.3 Satellite mobile
11. Related reports
Table 1 Caribbean GDP 2003 - 2016
Table 2 CWC financial data (Caribbean) 2010 - 2015
Table 3 CWC revenue by sector (Caribbean) 2010 - 2015
Table 4 CWC subscribers by sector (Caribbean/BTC) 2009 - 2015
Table 5 Digicel financial statistics 2010 - 2015
Table 6 Digicel revenue by operating segment 2013 - 2015
Table 7 Digicel revenue by geographic sector ($ million) 2014 - 2015
Table 8 Active mobile broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries 2014
Table 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers in select Caribbean countries 2015 (e)
Table 10 Mobile subscribers in select Caribbean countries 2015 (e)
Chart 1 CWC financial data (Caribbean) 2010 2015
Chart 2 CWC revenue by sector 2010 2015
Chart 3 CWC subscribers by sector (Caribbean/BTC) 2009 2015
Exhibit 1 Island territories of the Caribbean
Exhibit 2 Telecom privatisation and liberalisation in the Caribbean
Exhibit 3 Digicel's Caribbean operations
Exhibit 4 Major submarine cable networks serving the Caribbean region

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